Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Reward in Heist: Up to $500,000

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Reward in Heist: Up to $500,000

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FBI agents and Jacksonville police are hoping a reward of up to

$500,000 offered yesterday in the robbery of nearly $20

million from Loomis Fargo's Jacksonville office will draw

out information that will solve the case.

Officials of Loomis, Fargo & Co., the armored truck service

that is putting up the money, said how much it pays depends on

the value of the information. Someone with information that

leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved and the

recovery of the money will get more of a reward than someone who

just turns someone in, said Pat Flaherty, a company spokesman.

Police officials said they believe only the $1 million reward

for the Unabomber terrorist offered last year tops the Loomis

Fargo sum.

"I don't recall a crime of this nature with a reward of this

magnitude," said Thomas Murphy, special agent in charge of

Jacksonville's FBI office.

"We believe the issuance of the reward [will] stimulate the

public interest and will bring substantial information to us. We

need the eyes and ears of the public to resolve this matter. We

hope we are inundated with calls."

The 24-hour reward hot line is 1-888-324-4969. By 10 p.m. last

night, about 10 people had called the line, the FBI said.

Dozens of FBI agents and Jacksonville police officers are

working on the case.

One week after one of biggest heists in U.S. history, police

have been unable to find the money or Philip N. Johnson, the

33-year-old Loomis guard charged with taking the money and

kidnapping two co-workers. Johnson, already facing state charges

of armed robbery and kidnapping, was charged yesterday with

unlawful flight to avoid prosecution.

"I think until the point comes that we've apprehended Mr.

Johnson, there is certainly a mystery aspect to it with the fact

that we're unable to find him," Murphy said. …

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